Czech government faces no-confidence vote over PM's scandal

Published 11-23-2018

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PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech coalition government is facing a confidence vote in parliament over a fraud scandal implicating Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

His government is likely to survive Friday's vote because the opposition doesn't have enough votes to oust the Cabinet after a junior party decided not to vote against it.

Babis faces charges of misusing EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including son, Andrej Babis, Jr.

The Czech leader has been under increased pressure after his son recently told reporters he was deliberately kept in Crimea to avoid being questioned in the case.

Babis denies all wrongdoing and says his son is mentally ill and was there voluntarily.

Thousands rallied last week in Prague and elsewhere, demanding Babis' resignation. Another rally against Babis is scheduled for Friday.

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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses lawmakers during a parliament session in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. The Czech coalition government is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over Prime Minister Andrej Babis' fraud scandal. Babis faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babis, Jr. Babis denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses lawmakers during a parliament session in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. The Czech coalition government is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over Prime Minister Andrej Babis' fraud scandal. Babis faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babis, Jr. Babis denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press


Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses lawmakers during a parliament session in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. The Czech coalition government is facing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over Prime Minister Andrej Babis' fraud scandal. Babis faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babis, Jr. Babis denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) - The Associated Press